Archive for June, 2014

Tech News Today Wallpaper (Updated)

June 17, 2014
Tech News Today Wallpaper 1920x1080

Tech News Today Wallpaper* (Click to enlarge and download).

Tech News Today with Mike Elgan is an excellent free source of daily tech news.  The TWiT Network’s flagship news program entertains and enlightens with commentary and analysis from today’s best technology journalists.  This no-holds-barred approach to newscasting is reminiscent of the days when a journalist’s only concern was for the truth.

The widescreen computer wallpaper image (1920 x 1080) above was taken from the May 22, 2014 show.  Display it proudly.  Enjoy!

* 1440 x 900 version is also available.

Update:  Tech News Today Splash Screen Wallpaper:

Tech News Today Splash Screen 1920x1080 (click to enlarge)

Tech News Today Splash Screen 1920×1080 (click to enlarge)

This image was taken during the live webcast of December 8, 2014.


Fight Spam With WINE

June 16, 2014

No one likes to see spam (unsolicited advertising and scams) in their email inbox.  The problem is that automated computer Spam filtering software can often delete important legitimate messages.  The solution for those receiving email through their ISP (Internet Service Provider) via a POP3 account is to manually eliminate unwanted email before you download it to your computer.

Email Remover 2.4 is a free solution for any computer user.  Linux users especially will find this handy program runs very well under WINE.  There is nothing to install.  Simply download the file and extract the contents to a folder in your Home directory.

Email Remover 2.4 files

Right-click on the eremove.exe file and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader” or use the “Open With” option and select WINE as the default program.

Right-click on eremove.exe to open with WINE

Once you have configured Email Remover 2.4, you can access your email account.

Email Remover Main Screen


Click “Next” to see a list of emails in your account.

Email Remover Select Screen


Click to highlight any or all emails you wish to remove from the email server.  You can also right-click on any individual email to preview that message.  Click “Next” to confirm your selections.

Email Remover Confirm Box


The spam is then wiped from the server.  You can now download your filtered email.  It’s that simple!

Email Remover 2.4 finished screen

Linux users should take full advantage of WINE and free Windows software.  It’s a fantastic method for adding even greater value to an already amazing free operating system.  The best of both worlds, you might say.


PCLinuxOS 2014 Repository List

June 13, 2014


The following is a list of current software repositories used by PCLinuxOS.

This list was extracted from PCLinuxOS 2014.05 through Synaptic > Settings > Repositories.  Not all repositories may be in use.  Some repositories may not be accessible from every country.  Each individual repository may contain different versions of the same software or contain different software packages.

It is recommended that users access only one repository at a time.

These links are provided for historical and research purposes only.


Memories Made In Bits and Code

June 7, 2014

Expert Software 40 Games splash screen

My father, who died in 2001, was quite the geek in his own right.  He was coding software programs by the mid-1970s for work out of necessity.  Computers existed at that time, but programs were few and far between.  If you wanted to use the computer for a specific task, you had to write your own damned program.

When Microsoft unleashed Windows 3.11 on the world, my father was elated.  Finally!  Here was a computer with programs and graphics and free email (Juno).  And games.  Lots of games.

Expert Software Credits Logo


Expert Software developed 40 Games for Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, and Macintosh.  Although the CD-ROM contained an install function, users could run any game on the disc by simply double-clicking the EXE file in either of the two folders.  The file games.exe launched the main program screen.

40X Games Main Dialog Box


Two of the games, in particular, caught and held our undivided attention.  Bulldozer and Bulldozer II are puzzle games.

The object of the game is quite simple.  Use the arrow keys to maneuver the bulldozer and push the boulders onto the targets.  The boulders can only be pushed.  A boulder can be trapped and rendered unmovable.  The game must then be reset ([F2] key) to replay that level from the beginning.

Bulldozer Level 1 Animated GIF


As each level is completed, a box will appear that moves you to the next level.

Level One Completed


As you advance to each of the next forth levels, the game will give a pass-code that you can use to access that level if you decide to exit the game.  So you do not have to replay earlier levels each time you restart the program.

Password Code For Level One Completed


My father and I spent weeks playing these games in an effort to collect all of the pass-codes.  We succeeded!


4 =  BONK
8 =  NERD
12 = BURP
16 = SPUD
20 = GROK
24 = SPOT
28 = KALE
32 = PODS
36 = TAPS
40 = KRIL
44 = GNIP
48 = GORN
52 = TUIP
56 = LOUT
60 = IAOM

Bulldozer II

4 =  CLAM
8 =  SOAP
12 = FERN
16 = COIN
20 = POGS
24 = KNID
28 = BOBS
32 = FINK
36 = BABA
40 = BOUY
44 = ARLO
48 = NAGA
52 = NUNC
56 = NOLO
60 = POIT

These games require no installation.  They may or may not run well on a modern Windows operating system, but they run beautifully in WINE on a Linux-based computer.

Old software never dies as long a we remember fondly those shared moments of joy and discovery.  My father would be pleased.


40X Games Main Dialog Screen

Bulldozer Builder



I have placed an ISO image of the original 40 Games disk at the Internet Archive.